- washer "flat ring for sealing joints or holding nuts," mid-14c., generally considered an agent noun of WASH (Cf. wash) (v.), but the sense connection is difficult, and the noun may derive instead from the ancestor of Fr. vis "screw, vise."
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Washer — Wash er, n. [AS. w[ae]scere.] 1. One who, or that which, washes. [1913 Webster] 2. A ring of metal, leather, or other material, or a perforated plate, used for various purposes, as around a bolt or screw to form a seat for the head or nut, or… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
washer — ► NOUN 1) a person or device that washes. 2) a small flat ring fixed between a nut and bolt to spread the pressure or between two joining surfaces to act as a spacer or seal … English terms dictionary
washer — [wôsh′ər] n. 1. a person who washes 2. a flat disk or ring of metal, leather, rubber, etc., used variously to make a seat for the head of a bolt or for a nut or faucet valve, to lock a nut in place, to provide a bearing surface, to serve as a… … English World dictionary
washer — A flat disc with a hole in the center. It may be made of metal, rubber, plastic, or leather. It is often placed under a nut to even out pressure and prevent damage to the part on which it rests. See bridge washer crush washer cup washer dish… … Dictionary of automotive terms
washer — (Roget s IV) n. 1. [A flat ring] Syn. disk, seat, packing, collar, lock washer, shim, bushing, patent washer; see also part 2 . 2. [A machine for washing] Syn. automatic dishwasher, washing machine, laundry machine, electric washer, gasoline… … English dictionary for students
Washer — Philippe Washer Philippe Washer Pays représenté(s) … Wikipédia en Français
Washer — The word washer may refer to one of the following: *Washing machine *Washer (hardware) *Headlamp washers. *Mal Washer, an Australian politician … Wikipedia
washer — washerless, adj. /wosh euhr, waw sheuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that washes. 2. See washing machine. 3. a flat ring or perforated piece of leather, rubber, metal, etc., used to give tightness to a joint, to prevent leakage, to distribute… … Universalium
washer — [[t]wɒ̱ʃə(r)[/t]] washers 1) N COUNT A washer is a thin flat ring of metal or rubber which is placed over a bolt before the nut is screwed on. 2) N COUNT A washer is the same as a washing machine. [INFORMAL] … English dictionary
washer — UK [ˈwɒʃə(r)] / US [ˈwɑʃər] noun [countable] Word forms washer : singular washer plural washers 1) a small flat ring used for filling the space between two metal parts, for example between a surface and the top of a screw 2) informal a washing… … English dictionary